Monday, February 9, 2009

Rizk still not released

Philip has now been in custody for three days and there is still no clear indication as to where he's being held. Last night his family apparently heard through someone from AUC that had been in contact with State Security that he will continue to be detained "for further investigation". I received several Facebook messages saying that, early this morning, the police went to his parents' house in Ma'adi without a warrant to look for 'evidence' scaring the family who were able to contact a lawyer who seems to have been successful in making the police leave. Meanwhile, a message from a couple of hours ago said that Philip's sister's apartment was entered using a key belonging to Philip. Personal possessions were removed and the key was left on the desk. Protests are being organized in London, DC, and Chicago. Here in Cairo they've been held at AUC's new campus and at the Journalists' Syndicate with others to come.
The professor with whom I had class tonight urged us to contact whomever we could and to this end, I'm posting information on the Egyptian consulates general and embassies in the States and the UK where there are protests organized. If you are in any of these cities or feel inclined to help by contacting the Egyptian diplomatic representation in your region/country, please do.

Chicago: 500 N. Michigan Ave., Suite #1900, Chicago, IL 60611
phone: (312 828-9162
fax: (312) 828-9167

for more information on protests, etc., contact locally: Rachel Ostergaard

New York: 1110 Second Ave., New York, NY 10022
phone: (212) 759-7122
fax: (212) 308-7643

An approved protest has been planned for Wednesday, 11 February from 11:00 AM (EST) outside the consulate. Facebook users can find more information here.

for more information on protests, etc., contact locally: Laura Kasinof

Washington, D.C.: 3521 International Ct. N.W., Washington, DC 20008
phone: (202) 895-5400
fax: (202) 244-5131

for more information on protests, etc., contact locally: Melissa Florer-Bixler

London, UK: 26th South Street, London W1K 1DWA
phone: 020 7499 3304

Protest organized for tomorrow, Tuesday, 10 February from 5 PM outside the embassy. Facebook users can find more information here.

"Egyptian police scour German-Egyptian activist's home"

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1 comment:

rachelo said...


I just talked with someone at the Egyptian Consulate in Chicago (we have a meeting on Wednesday) and she gave me more up to date email address to use.

As it has 'dc' in the address, I think it would be a good contact address for the all Egyptian Embassy's in the US, although I don't know that for sure.

-Rachel Ostergaard